SWAMY EYES GAMEL’S JOB
Suva football coach Kamal Swamy has declared his interest for the Vodafone national team job which becomes vacant on August 30 when Christophe Gamel leaves.
Gamel resigned last week amid a string of poor results, including a tame bronze medal finish at the Pacific Games, and question marks over his conduct as national coach.
The Frenchman cited personal reasons for his departure.
Speaking after Suva’s 2-1 Vodafone Premier League win over Lautoka on Sunday, Swamy confirmed that he would be applying for the role.
The Fiji Football Association has said they will advertise the position soon, with president Rajesh Patel saying they preferred to recruit from overseas.
“It all depends on Fiji Football. If they need my services, I’m always available but I won’t be able to do it alone and need the support of all the coaches,” Swamy said.
The former Lautoka coach is among the most qualified in the country with an Oceania Football Confederation B coaching Licence.
However, there are five other coaches with similar CVs– namely, Lautoka coach Anginesh Prasad, Under-23 coach Marika Rodu, Labasa’s Ronil Lal, Yogendra Dutt and Sunil Kumar.
Fiji FA technical director Ravinesh Kumar, with an OFC A-Licence, is Fiji’s most qualified coach but hasn’t coached at top level since guiding the national side to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Gamel, who had no experience coaching a national team prior to the Fiji job, had a UEFA pro-licence.
Former Lautoka and now Suva’s coach Kamal Swamy wants to coach the Vodafone Fijian football team.